HOW DO OUR CHILDREN LIVE THE HOLIDAYS?
Children and young people from the “fallaires” villages play an active role in the Solstice Fire Festival of the Pyrenees. They participate in preparations, and during the celebration of the party. This is common in all territories and ensures the continuity of the tradition.
They began to be celebrated in Andorra in 2005 with the intention of initiating the sons and daughters of the fallaires to the party. They are balls of light that are also spun, so that the children also learn and enjoy the party.
CATALONIA & ARAGON
Often, boys and girls live the party with a celebration of smaller dimensions and more affordable itineraries, but also with fire as the main element.
It is interesting: in historical moments in which the party had less relevance, such as the Civil War or Francoism … boys and girls were the only protagonists of the night.
You can see the experience of María and Mariona, two small “fallaires” from Boí:
Boys and girls are the main protagonists of the halhas cream. They are the ones who burn them and turn them around the haro or brandon.
Boys and girls also participate in the festival, dancing around the Haro de Les or burning, spinning, dragging and jumping a small taro in Artíes, just as the elders do.
Days and weeks before San Juan, some “fallaires” towns carry out pedagogical activities related to the festival. Their associations or municipalities organize workshops on the construction of fallas and children’s games related to tradition.
TEACHING ACTIVITIES IN ANDORRA
In Andorra, the Fallaire Collective is very active in the pedagogical framework. Together with UNESCO they carry out workshops and talks at the country’s first and second education centers.
See a workshop carried out by the “fallaires” of Andorra la Vella.
TEACHING ACTIVITIES IN ARAGON, CATALONIA AND VAL D’ARAN
In addition to the activities carried out by associations and town halls, in some schools in the Pyrenees such as Bagà (Berguedà), Sahún (Ribagorza) and Les (Val d’Aran), among others, teachers develop educational projects related to the festival.
The l’Albiol school in Sant Julià de Cerdanyola (Berguedà) stands out, which in the “Sponsor the Heritage” program of the Generalitat de Catalunya, has been immersed in a project on faults since 2015, a moment of UNESCO recognition.
Discover what they’ve been doing . . .
A “FALLAIRE” SUITCASE
In the coming months, as one of the PROMETHEUS project actions, schools in the Pyrenees will have at their disposal a “fallaire suitcase” that will bring the party closer to formal education through pedagogical materials.
At the moment, you can see activity number five. Try it at home!
OPEN AND ONLINE GAMES about fallas, halhes, haros and brandons
You will soon have an open and online game to learn and enjoy this festive heritage. You will soon find more information here and on the website of the Chair of Education and Intangible Heritage of the Pyrenees.
ATLES DE LES FESTES DEL FOC DELS PIRINEUS
Written and illustrated by Jordi Alsina and Lluís Ráfols. Edited by El Domoni Pelut.
If you want to know the festival of all regions, we recommend this book. A book for great and future fallaires, designed for the enjoyment of readers of all ages. Learn more about this book . . .
EL TRESOR DE LES VALLS D’ANDORRA
Written by Assumpta Mercader and Carme Invernón. Edited by the Govern d’Andorra.
Learn about the history of Andorra, discovering the entire cultural heritage of the country through the adventures of an intrepid family.
ERA NET DE SANT JOAN
Written by Susana Vidal and illustrated by Montse Español. Edited by the Conselh Generau d’Aran. Get the book here . . .
FOC A LES MANS
Written by Xavi Farré and illustrated by Patxanet. Edited by Mosaics Llibres.
The story of Bonaventura and Jacinta-Brancada, two little “fallaires” who meet thanks to the party.
Discover the first pages of history . . .
Written by Xavier Pedrals and illustrated by Kap. Edited by Editorial Mediterrània.
Get the book here . . .